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Revalidation

 

RCPsych revalidation resources

To support members in their revalidation, the College offers various resources, primarily the Revalidation Guidance for Psychiatrists (College Report 172). This is due to be updated in September 2014 following consultation with psychiatrists and other specialties on how the core guidance might be improved. The College also provides Good Practice Guidelines for Appraisal and materials from revalidation specialty training courses for regional advisors, held in September 2013.

 

The RCPsych revalidation portfolio

With revalidation now part of all doctors' working lives the College, in partnership with several other medical royal colleges, provides a revalidation portfolio to help members prepare for their annual appraisal and revalidation.

The revalidation portfolio is a free, secure and easy to use online tool for compiling, storing and managing the supporting information required for revalidation. The portfolio allows access to a doctor's supporting information by a nominated appraiser and responsible officer.

To start using the revalidation portfolio there is a two-stage process for College members, requiring an initial expression of interest (via the College website) and then registering to use the portfolio on the externally hosted site. To start this process please click on the link below: 

 

Doctors without a prescribed connection to a designated body

Establishing a prescribed connection with a designated body is still an issue for a number of psychiatrists. The most comprehensive source of advice on this issue is the GMC website, which includes an algorithm to help doctors find their designated bodies. Other external bodies which may be able to help include the Independent Doctors Federation, who can provide appraisal and revalidation services to doctors.

Within the College, the Private and Independent Practice Special Interest Group (PIPSIG) has organised a series of workshops looking at the issues affecting independent doctors' revalidation, and further details on the workshops can be found on the PIPSIG pages of the college website. 

 

ACP 360 multi-source assessment for psychiatrists

One of the key requirements of revalidation is for doctors to gather feedback from patients and from colleagues at least once in every five year revalidation cycle. The College recommends ACP 360 Multi-Source Assessment for psychiatrists, an appraisal process designed specifically for psychiatrists by the College Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI) and fully compliant with GMC requirements. ACP 360 is the only tool that has been designed and validated for psychiatrists by psychiatrists with service user input. It is also the only tool that provides benchmarked feedback for psychiatrists - each psychiatrist receives results in the context of benchmarks from thousands of other UK psychiatrists who have already completed the process. For more information, please click on the link below:

 

RCPsych revalidation forms

The following forms, based on the appendices of Revalidation Guidance for Psychiatrists (College Report 172), may be of use in collecting the information required for revalidation. They are available in Word document or interactive PDF format.

 

Revalidation information from other organisations

 

Contact and helpdesk

If you have any questions or comments about revalidation, please email the RCPsych revalidation helpdesk: revalidation@rcpsych.ac.uk.

 

Dr Ellen Wilkinson

Associate Registrar for Revalidation.

 

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